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Lower Tampa Bay

Lower Tampa Bay

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located within the following watersheds: Sarasota Bay Coastal Watershed, Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed

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Explore general as well as scientific information about the movement, chemistry and biology of area surface water environments.

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Seagrass

Seagrass
Among the most important habitats in Florida's estuarine environments, seagrass beds are indispensable for the role they play in cycling nutrients, supplying food for wildlife, stabilizing sediments, and providing habitat for juvenile and adult finfish and shellfish. Use the interactive map below to observe the size, density and location of seagrass beds from year to year. The graph shows how the total amount of seagrass in the bay has changed over time. Learn more about seagrasses »

Interactive Seagrass Coverage Viewer

This interactive map shows seagrass extents as they existed between 2004 and 2016. Use the slider to toggle the year being displayed to demonstrate how seagrass coverage has changed over time.

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Seagrass Acreage Variation within Lower Tampa Bay

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Compare Seagrass Acreage for All Bays

Source(s): Southwest Florida Water Management District

     
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    Artificial Reefs

    Water Quality Index
    Artificial reefs are created by the placing steel and concrete in carefully selected locations. Once the structure is established, tiny free-floating creatures attach, grow, and quickly attract larger marine life and fish. These lush natural-looking reefs replace lost habitats while creating recreational opportunities for fishing and diving. Learn more about artificial reefs »

    Artificial Reef Locations in Lower Tampa Bay

    Reef Site Latitude Longitude Depth (ft) Deploy Date No. of Structures Materials
    EGMONT KEY REEFS 27º
    35.022'
    82º
    44.61'
    18 6/26/1999 45 BRIDGE SPANS, CONCRETE CULVERTS, CONCRETE PILE CUTOFFS, CONCRETE RUBBLE, MODULES CONCRETE PYRAMIDS, MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS, MODULES CONCRETE WALTER JUVENILE REEFS
    SOUTHEAST TAMPA REEF 27º
    32.892'
    82º
    40.35'
    15 10/4/2001 3 BRIDGE SPANS AND RUBBLE, MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
    THE BULKHEAD REEF 27º
    33.204'
    82º
    42.366'
    15 2/6/2004 1 MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS

    Source(s): Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

       
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      Vegetation Sampling

      Vegetation sampling is the identification and quantification of plant species and communities. Vegetation sampling is a tool used in environmental assessments and can inform a myriad of assessment goals including biomass availability, water quality concerns, management benchmarks, and determining the introduction and establishment of invasive species. Sampling can be conducted via destructive or non-destructive methods. Learn more about vegetation sampling from the links and documents listed below.

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